Support came from around the world – dozens of countries in all, including Canada, the US, UK, Europe, Australia and as far afield as Oman, India, China, and Kyrgyzstan.
“The way people have responded to this show has been blowing me away since that first episode. I thought nothing the fans could do would surprise me anymore. But to reach a month long target in one day is beyond incredible. Corner Gas fans blow my mind yet again,” said Creator/Star/Writer and Executive Producer Brent Butt.
“This campaign has put us directly in touch with fans across Canada and around the world. We are so thankful for their support and are looking forward to engaging with them during production and all the way to the release of the movie coming to theatres, then TV, then DVD this holiday season,” said Virginia Thompson, Executive Producer.
The first backer was a Canadian – Maaike de Lint from Toronto. Jack Wheat from Kentucky provided the lucky pledge that pushed the campaign past $100,000. Some of the rewards purchased include:
For $6000, one backer purchased a brief speaking role in the movie
For $2500, 10 backers purchased the opportunity to play a background role in the movie
For $1500, six backers purchased a VIP set visit and opportunity to meet the cast
For $750, three backers purchased the opportunity to provide the first and last name of a character in the movie
For $750, one backer purchased a personalized voice message from Brent Butt
These rewards packages also include a host of additional items including exclusive ‘backers-only’ t-shirts, hats, DVDs, movie tickets, membership to the Corner Gas Backers’ Club and much more.
Continuing through to June 18, the campaign’s next goal is to raise additional funds to enhance special and visual effects in the production, fly the cast to Cineplex premieres across Canada, create a behind-the-scenes documentary for the DVD, and maintain the Corner Gas set in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, as a tourist destination for one year.
Fans can access the campaign at cornergasthemovie.com.